Introduction

Sensitive skin is something that many people have to deal with that makes life not so fun. Using creams, and other things on our skin can cause redness and painful places all over the face. Shaving can be one of the easiest ways to make sensitive skin irritated as we usually don’t take a very good look at our shaving habits, but as with any job to do, if you have the right tools for the task, it will make everything go a lot … smoother.

When it comes to shaving there are two main options when you consider your daily routine, you can go electric, or you can go manual. Today we will take a look at what is available to you if you choose the later and there are many options when you break down the possibilities when you select manual.

Manual essentially means the process of taking a blade to your skin and gliding it with the grain of your hair to cut the hairs right off your face. The term blades would mean a sharp implement that is used to cut an object, in this instance, we are talking about super sharp metal blades that are used to cut coarse hairs from your skin. When we do this, we have to take certain things into consideration, and sensitive skin is right up there when making your considerations.

What makes skin sensitive? Well, there are things to consider when we talk about sensitive skin but for the most part, it is when skin becomes red and painful after shaving which does happen to many out there, but there are some things to scrutinize before we fully understand why so sensitive. As you shave, you are dragging a blade across your skin, and when you do this, the blade is cutting out hairs. If you have to drag your blade over the same area several times, then this not only cuts hairs but it also begins to remove the skin as well. Also when cutting hairs, if your blades are not sharp they are not really cutting any longer but pulling and scraping instead, and when this happens, irritation is following very quickly.

So understanding this bit of information, it makes sense to consider blade sharpness as one of your biggest priorities when it comes to a razor as you want to be sure every move you make is the most efficient motion possible and the fewer strokes you need to take means the less chance for irritation. You really want to be sure your razor has the best edge possible for cutting.

When it comes to razors, there are three main types of manual razors, and they are; the straight razor, the safety razor, and the disposable razor. Straight razors or the cut-throat razor is what you would see if you went into a barbershop and went for a professional shave. These take time to master and are almost an art form in itself.

Safety razors use a single replaceable blade that is intensely sharp, and you use a specific holder and handle for these blades. They do take some time to master, and they do have a technique to them, but once you are proficient, then you can always get a good close shave. Disposables are precisely as they sound, throw away razors that you can buy that are good for a single shave or for a limited number of multiple shaves and then toss it in the trash. Disposables have many levels of quality and price, but the best thing about them is they are very easy to use and just about idiot proof. In this list, you will find seven razors that we feel are considered the best manual razors for sensitive skin. .

 

Feather SS Japanese Straight Razor

 

 

First off, let’s talk straight razors. There is a reason that barbershops use a straight razor when doing shaves. The straight razor has been how men have been shaving for hundreds of years, and it gives the absolute closest shave ever.

When you are dealing with easily irritated skin, then a single pass of the razor will do the least damage to your top layer of skin meaning less irritation to deal with. Couple that with the fact that you need to warm the face first and use a decent shaving cream for shaving with a straight razor means you have a combination that can result in a smoothness as a baby’s butt combined with an absolutely refreshing feeling after shaving.

The Feather SS Straight Razor gives you the best of both worlds with the sharpness and clean cut of a straight razor with the convenience of a disposable. Since the blade is actually replaceable on the Feather SS, it means you never have to sharpen your straight razor, which can be a bit of a chore if we are being honest.

The process of changing the blade is simple enough. By just pinching the head of the razor, the blade will just drop out easily enough. The new blade can be inserted using the mechanism provided by the blade packaging and then voila, brand new straight razor again.

The Japanese straight razor is a non-folding version of the straight razor, making shaving slightly easier to handle and makes the learning curve a lot smaller than it can be with other standard straight razor styles. The Feather SS is also available in a standard folding version, but the Japanese straight razor makes this list due to its ease of use over its brothers.

The head and body of the razor are made of stainless steel so you have a razor that with proper care can last a lifetime. The handle is made of resin and is completely heat resistant meaning no matter how hot the water is you dip the blade into, the handle will never transfer that heat to your hand. The handle is also designed for maximum comfort using either your left hand or your right, again making this a very easy shaver to learn on and use on a regular basis.

  • The cut: As anyone who has ever had a shave done using a straight razor will tell you, there is nothing like the feeling of your face after a good straight razor shave and the Feather SS Japanese Straight Razor delivers completely in this department.
  • Cleaning: This razor is super easy to clean as it is only a single blade and even that is removable if needed. You can place the entire razor into boiling water for the ultimate clean and disinfectant.
  • Ease of use: Straight razors are not always for the faint of heart, but once you have dedicated yourself to learn, you will have difficulty going back to anything else. The Feather SS Japanese straight razor is designed to be easy to use and handle. Lightweight and a great balance to the shaver means it is easier for beginner to pick up and an absolute breeze for experts to use.
  • Sensitivity: Since most irritation comes from the pulling of hairs and scraping of skin, there really is very little to worry about here as each stroke from a straight razor is as close a cut as you can get meaning you go over areas only once, twice at the most, so it helps to keep any irritation completely at bay. .
  • Cost: Well you can guess with all the praise here regarding this, there had to be a downside somewhere. That would indeed be the cost. It is considerably more expensive than disposables, and even for the straight razor world, it is up there in price, and you will need to invest in blades as well as you go along. This means it is expensive but with care, you will never have to buy another razor again in your lifetime, and the lifetime of whomever you will the razor to afterward.

Pros

  • Super super super close shave
  • Easy to clean
  • No need to sharpen or hone
  • Lightweight and easy to use (for a straight razor that is)
  • Heat resistant handle
  • Stainless steel head

Cons

  • Expensive initial costs
  • Have to buy replacement blades
  • Straight razors take time to learn to use

Give it straight…

If you want a close shave and you are serious about your grooming, then a straight razor is for you, and it is recommended that the Feather SS Japanese Straight Razor is a very smart way to go about it. Getting the best of straight razor shaving with the convenience of a disposable is a combination for the win. This will help to keep your sensitive skin happy and worry-free when you get proficient in this type of shave style.

Merkur 25C Long Handle Safety Razor

Like the straight razor, the safety razor uses a single insanely sharp blade to cut the stubble off your face, and so you enjoy a lot of the same benefits as a straight razor without the fears and learning curve of a straight razor. That is not to say there is no learning curve with a safety razor, there is indeed but it is a lot easier to get used to a safety razor, and so once you do get used to it, you are provided with an incredible shave each time.

LIke the straight razor, with the safety razor using a single sharp blade, it means you should only need a single stroke to remove those unwanted whiskers from your face and neck. Since it is this dragging motion that helps to cause irritation in the first place, a single clean stroke should keep you irritation free once you are comfortable using the safety razor.

The Merkur uses a beautiful 3 piece chrome construction that is as attractive in your bathroom as it is useful. The Long handle version of this safety razor makes it comfortable in larger size hands and means you have more control over the contours of your face while using it. Blade changes are a snap and use the standard razor blades that can be found just about anywhere.

The Merkur does not have an adjustable head, but its aggression factor puts it at mild to medium meaning it is a decent razor to learn on and then move to a more aggressive razor at a later time if you feel it is needed. The head is designed to help pull the skin tight on each stroke helping to reach as close to the skin as possible with each cut.

  • The cut: an amazing cut once you are used to using the safety razor. It is recommended for a very close shave you do two full shaves, first being with the grain and the second across the grain. This will ensure a very tight shave.
  • Cleaning: a single blade means easy cleaning, and since the head comes apart it is easy to clean out every time you change the blade or after each shave. Keeping your razor clean and drying it properly after each use means you will be able to use it for many years to come.
  • Ease of use: a safety razor does take some getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, it does not take any longer than using disposables. Making this part of your daily routine will be easy to do.
  • Sensitivity: Since most irritation comes from the pulling of hairs and scraping of skin, there really is very little to worry about here as each stroke from a straight razor is as close a cut as you can get meaning you go over areas only once, twice at the most, so it helps to keep any irritation completely at bay.
  • Cost:: Well you can guess with all the praise here regarding this, there had to be a downside somewhere. That would indeed be the cost. It is considerably more expensive than disposables, and even for the straight razor world, it is up there in price, and you will need to invest in blades as well as you go along. This means it is expensive but with care, you will never have to buy another razor again in your lifetime, and the lifetime of whomever you will the razor to afterward.

Pros

  • Super super super close shave

  • Easy to clean

  • No need to sharpen or hone

  • Lightweight and easy to use (for a straight razor that is)

  • Heat resistant handle

  • Stainless steel head

Cons

  • Expensive initial costs

  • Have to buy replacement blades

  • Straight razors take time to learn to use

Give it straight…

If you want a close shave and you are serious about your grooming, then a straight razor is for you, and it is recommended that the Feather SS Japanese Straight Razor is a very smart way to go about it. Getting the best of straight razor shaving with the convenience of a disposable is a combination for the win. This will help to keep your sensitive skin happy and worry-free when you get proficient in this type of shave style.

 

Vikings Blade Chieftain Safety Razor

 

Safety razors really are a good bet if you have sensitive skin and the Chieftain is a great starter razor for those who have never used safety razors in the past. This razor is so easy to use, and blade changes are easy using the butterfly opening that it is even recommended for ladies who are looking for something suitable for their soft, sensitive skin.

The Chieftain is made from high-quality Swedish materials and undergoes a rigorous quality control process to ensure that all Chieftain Razors are of the highest standards. Beautifully designed grip ensures the razor does not slip from your fingers during wet shaving and still looks elegant on a bathroom shelf or razor holder.

The head uses an opening butterfly method meaning you just give the head a twist and the top of the razor will open up for your exposing the blade. Pull out the old dual blade and slip in a new one and twist closed again to get right to work. The entire process is quick and absolutely painless.

Blades are also protected by a micro-comb feature that will help to prevent accidental nicks and cuts to your face. When you purchase the Chieftain, it comes with five super blades that are platinum coated that are super fine and will provide you with a mild shaving experience with this razor meaning that if you are not used to shaving with a safety razor, this won’t go all aggressive on your face.

  • The cut:as with any safety razor, there is a single super thin and sharp blade that is used to make the cuts. This means you get a super close cut without the issues of skin irritation.
  • Cleaning: Single blade cleaning during shaving is easy with running water or even just a bowl of water or a sink full of water. The butterfly mechanism should be kept clean as much as possible to prevent it from wearing out, but the razor is rust proof so it won’t rust shut on you.
  • Ease of use: The Chieftain is designed to be an easy razor to use. A mild setting means it won’t cut and nick your face and the butterfly head is meant to make blade changes quick and easy. Since this is a mild cut the learning curve on this razor can be easier than some more aggressive heads.
  • Sensitivity:: Any single blade razor that requires fewer strokes is going to be easier on your skin. There are no additional sensitivity features such as lubrication strips, but they should not be necessary if you are doing the task at hand as it is meant to be done.
  • Cost: While the razor itself can be about double the cost of an expensive disposable starter set, you will be saving a ton in the long run. Dual blades are a lot less expensive than cartridge heads, and a single blade can last a week with daily shaving meaning that over time you will be saving a lot more money going this route than by using disposables.

Pros

  • Beautifully crafted

  • Easy blade changes

  • Not overly expensive

  • Easier learning curve than other safety razors

  • Easy on sensitive skin

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Cons

  • Does require the pre-shave prep and aftershave care that you can get away with not doing when using a disposable

The right cut..

This is a great razor to start with if you want to upgrade your shaving style from cartridge to safety. While it does not have the pivoting head and many other gadgets of disposable razors, you are presented with a no-nonsense super close shaving razor that will last you years and years to come.

Schick Hydro 5 Sense Sensitive

 

Everything about the Schick Hydro 5 Sense says sensitive, including the name itself. Schick has taken the need for sensitivity a step above and made sure that there is a brand out there that is very easy to use and does not require a lot of training and yet is also easy on the face.

Disposable razors have evolved into a highly complex bit of equipment with pivoting heats, hidden extra blades for getting the hard to get under the nose areas and even more bells and whistles than you can think of on a device used to remove hair from your face. It makes sense then that just as much thought goes into what is considered as sensitive skin as well.

What makes the Schick Hydro 5 Sense line of razors unique is their 7 hydrating pools that are included with each disposable razor head. These pools come in 3 different flavors that can be chosen from, Energize, Hydrate and Sensitive. Energize comes with pools of menthol that can help wake up tired looking skin. Hydrate has coconut oils that help keeps skin healthy looking and hydrated for those with drier skin. Sensitive comes with a herbal extract that helps soothe and comfort irritated skin.

Couple the 7 pools of soothing herbal extract with a series of 5 Ultra Glide blades and you have a combination that your face will thank you for when you are finished. As delicate skin becomes irritated with each pull of the razor across the face, when you pull a Hydro 5 Sense, its 5 blades make an amazing cut keeping the need for additional strokes to a minimum. Pools of soothing extract added with 5 close cutting blades equal a pleasant shaving experience for all.

  • The cut:Schick’s 5 blades give you a nice close shave when the blades are new. You can get a few good shaves out of a new head, but it is always best to use a new head as often as possible especially when you are concerned about irritation.
  • Cleaning: It is best to be sure you don’t leave the growth for too long or if it is long don’t try and cut with the blade first but go over everything with a trimmer first. The blades are pretty close together on the head and so flow through can be difficult with water if you have too long stubble clogging everything up. While this can be said for any multi-blade type of razor, these ones are quite tight together leaving not a lot of room for cleaning.
  • Easeof use: : The Hydro 5 is a well-crafted razor with an attractive handle that is also very easy to use and comfortable to grip. Weight is well balanced, and so it is easy to get the right amount of pressure onto your face when you are shaving without too much effort.
  • Sensitivity:: The sensitivity heads take sensitivity into account with their 7 pools of herbal extract. While this alone won’t stop irritation if you are using dull blades, it sure does help keep minor irritation at bay.
  • Cost: The Hydro 5 is at the higher end of the spectrum in cost when it comes to disposables but if you are concerned about how close your shave is each and every time you shave then the 5 blade system is worth the extra bux. Over time it may end up being more expensive than investing in a good safety razor, but the ease of use of the Hydro 5 Sense can make up for that cost pretty easily.

Pros

  • Pools of herbal extract for the sensitive

  • Flip out trimmer for the under the nose area

  • 5 blades make for a very close shave.

Cons

  • Can get quite costly for the refill cartridges

  • Could have a better cleaning system in place

Gillette Mach3 Sensitive Disposable

The Gillette Mach3 seems to be on absolutely every top ‘X’ list of razors that you can find on the internet, be the article about sensitivity, about quality, about best razor for….well you name it, and you will find the Mach3 on that list. There must be a reason for this, and the reason is that the Mach3 is about the best of the best for the best price out there.

Gillette takes their sensitivity seriously and even on their less expensive models you will find their indicator lubrication strip that releases anti-irritation lubrication each and every stroke. As you continue to use the blades, the lubrication strip turns from blue to white, letting you know that it is time to change that head to a new set of blades.

The Mach3 uses a 3 blade system that has more technology put into it than you can imagine when it comes to a razor. They use their own design of PowerGlide blades and use a spring mounted control system that reacts to the pressure you exert with each stroke. This is beneficial when you need to traverse contours and work your way through troublesome areas.

The blade gimmicks and the lubrication strip make this a very effective razor if you are prone to irritation. The comfort guard before the blades makes sure the skin is ready for blades to lift and cut your stubble not tug and pull out hairs.

  • The cut:Gillette’s 3 blade system is great when everything is new and sharp. You get a good close shave, and you can do a second pass that is across the grain for a very good and close shave. Just be sure to change the head when it tells you to as the blades can become quite dull after too many shaves.
  • Cleaning: Gillette uses great space when it comes to the distance between blades, and this makes for very good flow through of water when you are trying to clean it. The rear of the head is open, and there is nothing in the way of the flow through of water making it easy to prevent clogging up.
  • Easeof use: : The Mach3 has to be one of the absolute easiest shavers out there. The heads pop on and off with ease at the click of a button. The pivoting head means it flows over the face effortlessly and the handle is comfortable and just make sense.
  • Sensitivity:: The lubrication strip is decent for the first few uses but can get dry quickly when not in use. Provided you are using new blades as often as you can, you will always get a close shave without having to worry about losing too many layers of skin at the same time.
  • Cost: The Mach3 is the perfect blend of cost and tech. You get a great shaver at a cost that is similar to a lot of other 3 blade systems out there. There is a lot of great tech that went into this design, and it does not come with an over the top price tag on top.

Pros

  • Comfortable designed shaving handle

  • Quick and easy to change pivoting head

  • Superior blades with protective micro fins to prevent nicks and cuts

  • Available everywhere. One of the top-selling razors of all time

Cons

  • Lubrication strip can wear our quickly especially on dry skin

A quick recap…

The Mach3 is a razor that just about anyone who has done any shaving in the last 10 years has used at least once. It is a great blade for a good price that will not let you know. Keeping sensitivity at the forefront of their design plan means you have a razor that will treat your face well as long as you treat the razor well.

Gillette Sensor3 Simple Disposable razor

If you are in a rush or you travel a lot and don’t want to bring you expensive safety razor with you, which would have to be in checked in luggage anyway, then the Sensor3 won’t steer you wrong at all. This razor has many of the benefits of higher priced disposables but does not have the price attached and is completely disposable when you are finished with it meaning you don’t need to worry about clean up time or what may be needed to prolong the life of your razor.

The Sensor3, as its name implies, comes with 3 blades per razor for that close shave in a disposable. Three blades mean needing fewer stokes are needed to remove the stubble and so you are less likely to succumb to irritation. Their blades are spring loaded, so they adjust to the contours of your face with ease meaning you don’t need to provide a lot of pressure when using them.

The Sensor3 does not have a pivoting head like a disposable cartridge style of razor, but this actually puts the shaving experience a lot closer to how you would be using a safety razor. Angle is everything when the head does not do the work for you, and so you can learn pretty quickly what works in your shaving experience and what does not and then afterward apply that experience to a mild safety razor.

The handle of the razor is made of plastic and nothing too special, but it does have good grip and feels comfortable in hand. This will help keep everything moving along nicely as you use the razor on your face or wherever needed.

An additional bonus to the Sensor3 is Gillette’s lubrication strip. Not as robust as the Mach3 version but still provides you with some lubricant as you shave and will tell you if you can use the razor an additional time or now by how white the strip is. It is best to test this out each time you use a used razor though as many times the blades will wear out before all the lubrication is gone. If there is still some strip but you feel pulls and tugs when trying to shave, ditch that right away and use a new one.

  • The cut:A very good cut for a disposable using a 3 blade system. Doing 2 shaves, a with the grain and an across the grain shave will give you a very close shave.
  • Cleaning: rough or long stubble may be an issue with this as there is no real cleaning system in place, but the back of the head is fairly open and receptive to running water. Be sure to trim any long beard like hair first as this really is meant for close stubble shaving.
  • Easeof use: : Open, lather, shave, throw out. Super easy to use and super easy to take care of. No need for extended cleaning time and no need for a home in your bathroom that looks good.
  • Sensitivity:: it does have 3 blades, so it is additional blades across the skin, but if you are using a new razor each time and the lubrication strip is a bonus then you should not experience a lot of irritation.
  • Cost: In our cast everything aside society, these are right up there with costs like bottled water or plastic eating utensils. They are not expensive, and they come in packages with multiples inside. Not recommended for everyday use but if you are traveling or you are in a total bind, and you need to shave like yesterday then these will do the trick and keep sensitivity at bay.

Pros

  • Low cost and multiples per package

  • Quick and easy to use

  • 3 blades for a close shave

  • Lubrication is included for worry-free shaving

Cons

  • Not a long-term solution

  • Wear quick and using a dull blade can wreak havoc on your face

The simple truth…

These are not a razor you want to consider using all the time, but in a pinch, these are great for those on the go. If you just don’t have the time or you are traveling then a 3 blade system will get a good close shave without a lot of effort put into shaving and then a quick toss in the trash means you don’t need to worry at all about clean-up.

Schick Intuition Sensitive Care Razor

Women also shave. Maybe not daily like many men have to but still legs and other areas are shaved on a fairly regular basis, and this means that sensitivity can be an issue there as well. As with men’s razors, the more you have to stroke a blade across the skin, the more likely you will be prone to irritation. The same principle goes for legs as it does for faces, even more so as women try to make legs as smooth and silky as possible while men tend to go for the rugged leathery look more.

It was stated earlier that the Chieftain as a single blade was also convenient for women to use as needed, but the Intuition Sensitive Care Razor is a 4 blade system that is designed specifically for women and has something a little extra for the sensitive side. Each blade refill comes with not only a 4 blade cartridge but also a full shave creme delivery system as well.

Each head has the shave cream right into the head, so when you do your shaving, there is no need for additional cream and the cream will moisturize as you shave. This means you get a very quick and simple experience for your legs with little to no effort involved. No need for any soap, shave gels, or any body washes when using this razor.

  • The cut:Schick’s 4 blade system delivers a very nice cut without doing a lot of damage to the skin. Keeping blades sharp by changing the head as often as needed is important.
  • Cleaning: the head can be cleaned and rinsed in water, but this razor is really meant to be used by very light hairs. Anything too coarse will clog up the blades quickly, and then you have to remove the head from the razor to get a really good clean out of it.
  • Easeof use: : It is hard to get easier than this razor. As there is no need for any pre-shaving prep, you just use the razor, wipe when done and dispose of the old blades as needed. Perfect for when in a rush.
  • Sensitivity:: The shave cream is right on the razor, so it lathers while you use it. Vitamin E and 100% natural aloe are also included to be sure your skin stays smooth and silky.
  • Cost: the razor itself is not expensive and right about where you would expect it for a 4 blade disposable razor, but the cartridges can be a little costly. As there is the added cost of shave cream built right into the refills, it can add to the cost of each head but if you offset that with the fact that you don’t need to use shave cream first, it does work out nicely.

Pros

  • Wet and shave, no need for shave creams or a lot of pre-shave prep

  • Shave lotion is made of natural ingredients and is hypoallergenic

  • Good for those in a rush or, let’s face it, who are just kinda lazy

  • Comfortable grip that is designed for legs

  • Pivoting head to reach those hard to get areas.

Cons

  • Good initial purchase cost but refills can get expensive over time

  • One type of head can be used, not compatible with any other head types

Sensitive is in the name…

This product is a great razor and a great idea for those in a rush. Putting everything into one tool is a great idea, and this razor is ideal for beginners who are just beginning their shaving experience.

And in Conclusion

Shaving is an experience that all men go through at some time, be it a daily shaver or a once a week shaver and like any task, having the right tools for the job is the best way to be sure the job gets done right. When you have sensitive skin, it is imperative to understand exactly how razors work and why and then move forward with your choice from there to be sure you get a good shave that does not leave you with nicks and cuts and huge patches of irritated skin. Blades are sharp, and a tool that does demand some respect and so using your tools correctly is essential.

The razors on this list are not the only ones out there but with thousands of reviews, most of them with praise, these are some of the top razors on the market today no matter what technique you use for your shaving habits and no matter how sensitive your skin is.

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